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United States President Barack Obama has postponed his trip to Australia for the second time.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Mr Obama had spoken to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to inform him of his decision.
The president had also spoken to Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to tell him he had postponed a scheduled visit to Indonesia.
Mr. Obama on Friday will make his second trip in a week to the Gulf, for meetings with federal and local officials, business owners and residents affected by the spill. He was criticized after his trip a week ago—when he toured a beach with officials and picked up marble-size balls of tar—for failing to meet with local people whose livelihoods are threatened by the widening slick.
Why wouldn't he go?